Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has gone from motivating his players to “moaning” about other teams this season, according to Chris Sutton.
Klopp has faced significant adversity this term, not least through the plethora of injuries in his team.
In an effort to provide a fairer playing field for the Premier League, he has consistently called for changes from above. Indeed, these have included complaints about the short turnaround in matches and the five substitutes rule.
Indeed, when league officials have rejected his claims, he has often shown his frustration. More recently, though, Klopp took aim at Manchester United and their number of penalties.
The German said that the Red Devils have had “more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years”.
Writing in a column for the Daily Mail, pundit Sutton pointed out how Klopp has changed as a character. However, he noted that his team remains top of the Premier League despite their problems.
“This season Jurgen Klopp hasn’t come across as that cool character who isn’t fazed by whatever is thrown at him. Instead, he’s become more of a complainer,” Sutton wrote.
“From 12.30pm kick-offs, to three-versus-five substitutes, to how many penalties Manchester United are awarded compared to Liverpool — he’s targeted it all.
“Aggravation is there whenever he speaks. He’s gone from Mr Motivator to Mr Moaner. And yet, they remain top of the Premier League.”
“They may be without the world’s best centre back in Virgil van Dijk. They may have gone consecutive games without scoring,” he added.
“They may have a more modest 33 points compared to the 49 they had after 17 league matches last campaign, when they were being talked up as the next Invincibles. But they are still top.”
Sutton points to tough title race
Liverpool have not won in three games following draws with West Brom and Newcastle and Monday’s defeat to Southampton.
Sutton insisted that whoever can handle a unique Premier League season the best will claim the title.
“With a crammed fixture schedule, and Covid-19 throwing up unfortunate surprises, this season was always going to be a slog,” he wrote.
“[Manchester] City have been trying to cope without Sergio Aguero. They’ve found new ways to win, including using Kevin De Bruyne up front at Chelsea to great effect.
“Liverpool miss [Virgil] Van Dijk, and Klopp is moaning about this, that, whatever. It’s not so much about who can play the most free-flowing football this season, but who can win despite the circumstances.”
Liverpool return to action on Friday when they play Aston Villa in the FA Cup.
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